I was shocked, scared mostly. I have never seen Zane so angry that my eyes filled with tears. But I managed to hold it back.
“Who the hell do you think you are?” his face was red with fury. I couldn’t reply. Words won’t come out of my mouth. I was thinking about how we had that one moment, where everything just faded away. The fight, the anger, the pain... Now it was all back. He is now humiliating me in front of the whole class full of my enemies.
“If you want to say something, say it on my face. If you don’t have the guts for it, then rot in hell”. I could feel his anger surging on each of his words. And adding flavour to the scene, everyone in the class who hates me started clapping hands and whistling. Wow! Didn’t expect that one. Adam was in the front row of the show going on. That hurt me more. Suddenly Damian came into the class and asked for Zane, but he was too busy trash talking to me. When Zane didn’t respond to Damian’s call, he came inside and poked him. Zane looked at him for a second and turned to me again.
“This would be the last time I speak to you. Hereafter I don’t even wish to look at your face even to fight. Because that’s how much hatred I have for you. So mind your own business and stay away from me.” That was it. He just walked away in between all the clapping and whistling. If it was in a movie, the slow-motion would have suited the situation. Whatever heroic moment Zane and others thought it was, Damian was pissed. He came to me and asked, “I suggest you write me a complaint, do you have any?”
And before I could respond, Adam from the back said, “even if she has, what’s the big deal? It will be a suspension to an extent; Zane will be okay with it”.
“I don’t”, I said blinking back the tears.
“That’s settled then. Back to class, where were we, Coding?”
I was thinking about the reason why Zane was pissed at me. He seemed fine before the ceremony. What might have triggered him so much? Ahhh! There you go.
I remembered the conversation I had with the cabinet girls just before the ceremony began. I think I might have told them his only nickname nobody knows, or nobody knew. I used to call him ‘Boo’ when we were dating. And I was the only one who called him that. So he didn’t need to investigate much on who published that name to some girls in Biomaths. I didn’t do it on purpose and I regretted it the moment it came out of my mouth. But it was my fault. I shouldn’t have said it. Those bitches! I turned around to see Zane staring at me, he was still angry. I don’t know how or why, but I mouthed “I am sorry” to him, and his expression changed. I think I saw a glimpse of a smile on the corner of his lips, but that was it. He turned his head back to class before I could make sure of it. After class, I took my things and waited for Rose at the basketball court. Matt came to me.
“Hey Mad”. He started talking to me with a small smile on his face.
“ohh you weren’t there,” I said and chuckled.
“Nope, but I heard.”
“Isn’t that obvious?”
“He can be an ass at times, you know that”
“He wasn’t, this was my mistake. And I learned my lesson. Never try to be friends with people who hate you”
He smiled and asked, “so you re okay?”
“I have been at worse, so no big deal. How are you holding up? I am sure they mock you for being friends with me.”
“They do, as a matter of fact. But they did the same in my case also. So there is hope”
“They didn’t talk to u for months, not for years. It’s been 2 years, so I am not hopping anything. But I am fine.” I said with a fake smile. I saw his eyes shifting to someone. I could predict who it was in an instant by that look. It’s Jules, his girlfriend. Matt and Jules got together in 9th grade. They are a bit cheesy but perfect for each other.
“I will be back in a minute”, Matt said to me shyly.
“Its okay, Rose is here, I will be going. Seeya”. He gave me a quick hug and left.
“I didn’t know you and Jules were the same course”, I said to Rose as she came laughing towards me.”
“You didn’t?” she said acting confused and then she started laughing again.
“Someone’s in a good mood huh?” I asked casually
“Yea, I didn’t get any scolding today. Usually, I will be outside the class for most of the period. Today I got to sleep in class. You know that’s progress!”
I didn’t say anything. I just stared at her with my ‘wtf’ expression.
“Heard about the little show off in class by Zane”, she sighed. I didn’t respond again.
“I am sure he is feeling a bit guilty right now. I could sense it in his face.”
“Oh, Mr Zane Cooper felt guilty? That’s new and odd”. I mocked.
“Come on! Come let’s buy Sipup”. I and Rose went back to being our crazy normal.
I was getting ready for bed after the dishes. I got a message and I took my phone to check it. I might be dreaming. Its Zane.